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Google Maps is not blocking Windows Phone, Google says

By Salvador Rodriguez, LA Times, January 4, 2013, 3:24 p.m.

Google is denying reports online Friday that say the company started blocking Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps amid tension in its relationship with Microsoft. Nothing has changed with the Google Maps service, the company told The Times. Google Maps simply was never designed to work with the Internet Explorer browser on the Windows Phone, according to Google.

For full text of the article, visit Google Maps is not blocking Windows Phone, Google says – latimes.com.


Microsoft GPS patent for avoiding high crime areas sparks controversy

Controversy over a new Microsoft patent has people questioning whether or not the intention has racist undertones, By Tech Talk, CBS News, January 9, 2012

CNET reported that Microsoft has been granted a U.S. patent that will steer pedestrians away from areas that are high in crime. … According to Microsoft’s claims, your Windows 7 smartphone would gather “information related to pedestrian travel include maps (e.g., extracted from a database), user history, weather information, crime statistics, demographic information.”… The part of this patent should raise concern is the section that state a device could be programmed to integrate an “advertisement component” with a set of directions. …

For full text of the article, visit Microsoft “avoid ghetto” patent sparks controversy – Tech Talk – CBS News.

Solove on the PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information

From Politico’s Morning Tech, January 4, 2012: HAPPENING TODAY:  The first is the official release of a new paper by professors Paul Schwartz and Daniel Solove on “PII 2.0,” at Microsoft’s D.C. headquarters and featuring a panel discussion afterward with reps from the FTC, ACLU and others. That begins at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.

On SSRN: The PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information

by Paul M. Schwartz, University of California, Berkeley – School of Law, and Daniel J. Solove, George Washington University Law School

  • New York University Law Review, Vol. 86, p. 1814, 2011
  • UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1909366
  • GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 584
  • GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 584

Abstract: Personally identifiable information (PII) is one of the most central concepts in information privacy regulation. The scope of privacy laws typically turns on whether PII is involved. The basic assumption behind the applicable laws is that if PII is not involved, then there can be no privacy harm. At the same time, there is no uniform definition of PII in information privacy law. Moreover, computer science has shown that in many circumstances non-PII can be linked to individuals, and that de-identified data can be re-identified. PII and non-PII are thus not immutable categories, and there is a risk that information deemed non-PII at one time can be transformed into PII at a later juncture. Due to the malleable nature of what constitutes PII, some commentators have even suggested that PII be abandoned as the mechanism by which to define the boundaries of privacy law.

In this Article, we argue that although the current approaches to PII are flawed, the concept of PII should not be abandoned. We develop a new approach called “PII 2.0,” which accounts for PII’s malleability. Based upon a standard rather than a rule, PII 2.0 utilizes a continuum of risk of identification. PII 2.0 regulates information that relates to either an “identified” or “identifiable” individual, and it establishes different requirements for each category. To illustrate this theory, we use the example of regulating behavioral marketing to adults and children. We show how existing approaches to PII impede the effective regulation of behavioral marketing, and how PII 2.0 would resolve these problems.

For full text of the article, visit The PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information by Paul Schwartz, Daniel Solove :: SSRN.

Citizens Help Validate Authoritative Environmental Monitoring

Jacqueline McGladeEsri UC Keynote Speaker—Shows a New Side of Crowdsourcing, ArcNews Newsletter, Fall 2011

European Environment Agency (EEA) executive director Jacqueline McGlade, PhD, gave a keynote presentation at the 2011 Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California. She described different ways that EEA works to collect data, ensure its quality, and engage citizens in becoming part of the solution. … “EEA wants to get people engaged in the environment,” explained McGlade. “By considering citizen and cultural knowledge, along with Western science, people can contribute in professional, semiprofessional, and amateur ways. Citizen reporting brings people into the mainstream of the environment. Europe’s Shared Environment Information System forces countries to see that they need a system of care. EEA supports via IT, applications, technology, and software, as well as training the population [to become] a large group of people who know what is going on around them. Programs like Earthwatch can take ordinary people into the field and train them to gather data and bring it back in a structured way.” To democratize information, EEA has worked with Microsoft and Esri to create the Eye on Earth platform. This is cloud technology that facilitates interaction. It includes the official data mandated by countries and allows citizens to say what they think. Crowdsourcing is an effective way of validating authoritative data from countries. With enough observations, it is easy to see when stations are not monitoring correctly.

For full text of the article, visit ESRI ArcNews.

House Technology and Innovation Subcommittee Hearing – Cloud Computing

Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | 09/21/2011 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

The Next IT Revolution?: Cloud Computing Opportunities and Challenges


  • Mr. Michael Capellas, Chairman and CEO, Virtual Computing Environment Company
  • Dr. Dan Reed, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Mr. Nick Combs, Federal Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation
  • Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration

via Technology and Innovation Subcommittee Hearing – Cloud Computing | Committee on Science – U.S. House of Representatives.

Five Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Informationweek

Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this one along:

By Robert Strohmeyer, InformationWeek, September 02, 2011 09:15 AM

… Location data ranks among the most personal types of information our devices can reveal about us, with the potential to expose where we work, where live, where we drop our kids off for school. As users, we have a right to protect that data from interlopers, including the companies that supply our mobile devices and services. Here are five basic rights that all users should demand from manufacturers and carriers that offer location-aware devices. …

For full text of the article and the five rights, visit 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Mobility – Smartphones – Informationweek.

Open Source Licensing: Risk and Opportunity

By Dr. Ignacio Guerrero, Directions Magazine, July 21, 2011

Summary: This two-part article about open source software looks at software licenses, risks related to intellectual property and governance. In part one, author Ignacio Guerrero, IT consultant and former software director at Intergraph and Rolta, examines software licenses and their impact and risk to intellectual property. Part two will look at the elements of open source governance and risk management, and will be published in mid August.


Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over

by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Business Insider SAI,July 22, 2011

Elevation Partners and Facebook investor Roger McNamee, who is also a rock musician, gave an amazing talk recently where he goes over some of the biggest trends affecting the technology industry. … More specifically, a few big themes:

  • Microsoft is toast because we’re moving to a post-PC era;
  • HTML5, the new web standard that allows to make interactive web pages, is going to revolutionize the media and advertising industries;
  • Social is “done”, it’s now a feature, don’t go do a social startup. …

For full text of the article, visit Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over.

Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner? – NYTimes.com

Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner?

By RYAN KIM of GigaOm, NYT, January 26, 2011

Despite reports that location-based services are far from mainstream, new research by Microsoft suggests the technology is gaining adoption and may be poised to follow in the footsteps of the ATM, which took some time to dispel safety concerns on its way to being universally used. In an online survey of 1,500 people around the world last month, 51 percent report having used a location-based service including 50 percent in the U.S. That’s considerably higher than what the Pew Research Center found when it reported in November that only 7 percent of online U.S. adults use location-based services regularly. …

For full text of the article, click on Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner? – NYTimes.com.

Microsoft Privacy Survey: LBS Returns Do Not Outweigh Risks – All Points Blog

Microsoft Privacy Survey: LBS Returns Do Not Outweigh Risks – All Points Blog.

Source: Directions Magazine, January 27, 2011.

The survey of 1500 residents last December in United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, the United States, and Canada was conducted as part of Microsoft’s participation in its annual Data Privacy Day this year to be held on Friday.

– Less than 20% of users had ever used a service that tells others where they are, or to find the location of other people.
– Only 27% of US users say they’d pay for any location-based service — even GPS-based services that let users find themselves and nearby businesses on a map. The number was lower in other countries, dropping to 16% in Canada.

… For full text of article, click here.


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